| 4 March 2024, Monday |

Taiwan says will be ‘force for good’ after unprecedented G7 support

After receiving unprecedented support from the Group of Seven major democracies, Taiwan will continue to be a “force for good” and seek even greater international support, according to the presidential office.

On Sunday, the G7 leaders chastised China for human rights violations in Xinjiang, urged Hong Kong to maintain a high level of autonomy, and emphasized the significance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan presidential office spokesman Xavier Chang said this was the first time the G7 leaders’ communique has stressed the importance of peace and stability in the strait and first time since its founding there was “content friendly to Taiwan”, expressing deep thanks for the support.

He went on to say that Taiwan and G7 member countries share fundamental values such as democracy, freedom, and human rights.

“Taiwan will undoubtedly play its role as a responsible member of the region, defending the democratic system and safeguarding shared universal principles,” Chang added.

Taiwan will continue to strengthen its ties with the G7 and other like-minded nations, as well as seek stronger international backing, he said.

Chang also stated that Taiwan will “firmly contribute the largest force for good” to the Indo-Pacific region’s peace, stability, and prosperity.

China has stepped up its pressure against democratically-run Taiwan in recent months, with regular military drills near the island as it tries to assert Beijing’s sovereignty.

Despite the fact that most countries, including G7 members, have no official diplomatic connections with Taiwan, the grouping, along with other Western allies, has been increasing their support for the island.

During the coronavirus pandemic, this included a plea for Taiwan to be allowed proper access to the World Health Organization. Due to Chinese concerns, Taiwan is not a member, as it is considered merely one of China’s provinces with no access to the trappings of a state.

  • Reuters